Title: More Free Motion Quilting 1 2 3
Author: Lori Kennedy
Genre: Nonfiction, Instructional, Quilting
Source: Free ARC from That Patchwork Place
Note: As stated under the Source (above), I received this book for free from That Patchwork Place via Edelweiss. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.
As a relatively new quilter – two finished and gifted quilts under my belt, at least six more in some state of the overall process – the most intimidating by far is the actual quilting, the stitch-work that acts as glue to the sandwiched layers of your quilt and adds definition to the finished piece. My first quilt, I stitched in the ditch with a walking foot, and made a few customizations in the corners, also using a walking foot. I was pretty proud of the finished product, but it made me eager to learn more. For my second quilt, I used my walking foot once again and did minimal quilting to enhance the piecing and fabric, and I loved the outcome. But, I really, reallywant to do some more in-depth free-motion quilting on my home machine (a Janome) and have been avoiding it out of fear. As a participant in a couple of Facebook quilting groups, I know I’m not the only newbie who is equal parts excited and terrified about free-motion quilting at home. This book is going to get me over that hump!
In More Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3,author and quilter Lori Kennedy breaks down the process to simple, basic steps that act as foundations for more complex work. Imagine learning free-motion quilting like you learned handwriting in elementary school. Break it into small steps, repeat those steps until you’ve gotten comfortable, then add the next step, and so on, until you find yourself writing in flawless cursive without giving it a second thought. Excellent, clear illustrations are provided with step by step instructions for each motif. And once you grow your confidence with the basics, the book is chock full of fancier motifs, organized by seasons, celebrations and more, all broken down into those baby steps with written and visual instructions.
While this book is not designed for a first-time quilter – there is some overview early on that covers the basics at a high level – it is a book for a beginning free-motion machine quilter. If you already know how to piece and sandwich and bind but want to do more than straight lines and stitch in the ditch, this book is a great place to start.